Wallaby number 8 Isi Naisarani wins a lineout against the Springboks in Johannesburg. Photo: AFP
The recent debut of three Fijians in separate Tier One nation teams has highlighted the fact that the Fiji Rugby Union is sitting on a wealth of resources that if tapped dilligently and frugally will bring dividends in abundance. Continue reading
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Ben bides time to make up his mind to go black or red. Photo: Skysports
Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna has changed his mind about playing for Tonga and now hopes to play for New Zealand instead.
Tameifuna, who was in the All Blacks training squad in 2012, was originally selected for Tonga’s end of year tour which consists of away Tests against Georgia, the United States and Scotland.
Tuatara-Morrison fits into Castres coaching style. Photo: Skysports
Western Force back Chris Tuatara-Morrison has joined Castres on a short-term deal to cover for the injured Sitiveni Sivivatu.
Sivivatu was a star signing for Castres for this season from Clermont, but the former All Black is facing three to four months out with a shoulder injury.
Dipping into the market for some cover before Sivivatu returns later this year, the 2013 Top 14 champions have turned to Tuatara-Morrison for cover.
Harry Parker, Chris Kuridrani and Junior Laloifi show off the new Brisbane City kit for NRC. Photo: Jamie Hanson / News Corp Australia
GPS improver Chris Kuridrani heads a host of wingers eager to prove they should be in the Reds revival plans for Super Rugby.
The best from club land have the perfect showcase to push their cause in the Premier Rugby finals and the new nine-round Buildcorp National Rugby Championship.
That’s certainly the way Kuridrani, 22, Sunnybank stepper Junior Laloifi, 19, and University speedster Harry Parker, 21, have sized it up as wingers selected for Brisbane City.
Solomoni Rasolea signs with Force for another two years. Photo: Skysports
Solomoni Rasolea admits he had to check with his parents before signing a new two-year deal with the Western Force.
The 23-year-old utility back is originally from Brisbane, and remains close to his family, but has impressed in his time in Perth.
And after gradually establishing himself this season, despite a broken wrist keeping him out for seven games, Rasolea is ready to kick on next year.
“I’m very close to my family in Brisbane, but mum and dad both encouraged me to stay somewhere where I’m really enjoying my rugby,” said Rasolea.
Nathan Charles charges down field for the Force in Super Rugby.
Inspirational Wallabies hooker Nathan Charles says a run-on Test debut against the All Blacks would have only featured in his “wildest dreams” just nine months ago.
As if taking 28 tablets a day to manage his cystic fibrosis wasn’t enough, Charles had to fight just to start this year’s Super Rugby season after undergoing a knee reconstruction for a busted ACL last year.
But a stellar season at the Western Force, combined with knee injuries to Stephen Moore and Tatafu Polota-Nau, means Charles is the man most likely to don the No.2 jersey for the Bledisloe Cup opener in Sydney on August 16.
“Nine months ago, I was still coming back from a knee reconstruction. So this is my wildest dreams,” Charles said.
The moment: Bernard Foley puts boot to ball in the hope of winning the title. Photo: Getty Images
When the Waratahs were awarded a penalty inside the last minute of Saturday’s night Super Rugby final against the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium, NSW five-eighth Bernard Foley didn’t flinch.
He immediately stepped up to take the kick – even though from 43-metre the attempt might be slightly out of his range.
With the score at 32-30 in the Crusaders’ favour, he knew the game hung in the balance and only he could save the day.